As people change and age, cartoon characters remain the same. Even as techniques and technology change, cartoonists come and go, cartoons themselves never get old.
Tom has been chasing Jerry for nearly eight decades and Scooby-Doo is still solving mysteries. We can see changes in the appearance of the character, but there is no change in the behavior of the character.
But cartoon characters have to change to keep up with modern worldviews.
Recently, there have been wardrobe changes on characters like Minnie Mouse and the green M&M, which has many people wondering if giving them a makeover is a good idea or not.
But these changes give the characters a modern look that moves them forward in society.
According to CNN, Minnie Mouse is swapping her red dress for a pantsuit, and the green M&Ms will be switching from white go-go boots to comfy sneakers.
These changes have sparked conversations on the internet. Many fans are demanding that the changes be stopped and the anime characters retain their original appearance.
Minnie Mouse wearing a pantsuit and the green M&M changing into sneakers is a nice step up. These characters have been around for a long time, so they need to modernize with age.
Today we see many female leaders and politicians wearing pantsuits instead of the usual dresses. For example, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris have a recognizable style that includes pantsuits and innovative, comfortable fashion. Besides the shoe change, the green M&M changed from a tan flesh tone of the arms and legs to a pale green to match the candy shell.
The brown M&M also had her heels lowered to sensible pumps. These changes cause female characters to wear less stereotypical feminine clothing.
According to M&M, the new look is part of its “global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels like they belong and where society is inclusive.”
Changing cartoon characters can show the diversity of the modern world and increase social inclusiveness.
The character changes are good. And even if some people don’t like them, the improvement of cartoon characters should happen to promote our changing society.